A Definitive Guide to White Gold Engagement Rings

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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A wedding band or engagement ring is the quintessential symbol for any couple embarking on their life together.  Why has white gold been the most popular metal since the 1920's, yet there are other metals such as platinum and yellow gold? Understanding and knowing what a white gold engagement ring is, it's durability, history and symbolism may help you decide if it is the best metal to join you on your romantic journey.

What You Need To Know--

 What is White Gold?

White gold is natural white metal comprised of a combination of gold, silver and nickel. This durable metal will always have a rhodium plating over the gold mixture in order to increase its shine and luster.  If you do decide on white gold, your next decision will be whether to choose 14 kt or 18 kt.  Here's a hint on which karat you should choose; 14 kt white gold is stronger, more durable than 18 kt white gold, so if think you will be hard on your engagement ring, then 14 kt is the way to go. As history shows there has always been a special elegance associated with 18 kt over 14 kt white gold.

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• The Cost of White Gold

A white gold ring is approximately the same price as other golds, yet it is a less expensive option compared to platinum. 14 kt white gold will always be less expensive than 18 Kt white gold, even though it is more durable. Although it is not as coveted as platinum for vintage engagement rings, vintage dealers will always pay more for a white gold ring than any yellow or rose gold ring. 

• Caring For White Gold

Because white gold is an alloy (and not as white as platinum), it has a rhodium plating to enhance the appearance and make it whiter.  Due to this plating, over time there may be some fading which can cause a yellowish tint.  It is important to note that maintaining white gold can be costly over time in order to keep that white shine.  Another consideration is that white gold contains nickel, which many people seem to have an allergic reaction to.  If you are looking at white gold rings, make sure you don't have that nickel allergy!  

History of White Gold

White gold was first used in the 1700's, but really came into its own when Belais Jewelers became one of the earliest manufacturers of white gold jewelry in the United States.  The United States government understood the necessity of platinum to help during World War II, therefore a ban was put in place on selling such precious metals for non military purposes.  


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White Gold Meaning and Symbolism

• Durability and Strength

14 kt white gold is an exceptional metal to work with, especially for handcrafted pave rings.  This metal is easier for jewelers to solder and polish.


• Popularity Symbolism

Belais jewelers received the first patent for white gold in the 1920's, and today it is by far the most popular metal.  White gold became the metal of choice during the 1950's as it paired so gracefully with the popular two tone rings.

• Celebrity Symbolism

For those who love the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, you can enjoy a white gold ring knowing it is a favorite of many celebrities.  This style has adorned the fingers of top names including Behati Prinsloo and Katherine Heigl.


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White Gold Popularity Circa 2021

A recent survey taken by Ringspo.com  shows that 62.9 % of the population wears a white gold engagement ring and it is the mots popular metal for engagement rings followed by yellow gold and platinum. 


Choosing a White Gold Engagement Ring

A white gold engagement ring is a stunning choice and by far the most popular metal for engagement rings and wedding bands. If you are looking for a beautiful and durable metal, and cost is a concern, we feel that white gold may be your best option and is second to none. If your partner is yearning for timeless elegance, we are sure that white gold will be the metal that will last your relationship forever. 

Antique Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:

Antique rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection vintage white gold engagement rings today!


Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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